10 Steps to Updating to 2020 R2
This article provides a 10-step view of the process required to update to SYSPRO 8 2020 R2 as well as a list of key considerations.
- Upgrading SYSPRO Reporting Services to use SAP Crystal Reports 2016.
- Understanding the system-wide database growth that will occur because of the reduction in file system persistence.
- Understanding the changed process when creating a new company from SYSPRO 8 2020 R2 onwards.
- Identifying areas of the product that have changed because of simplified licensing enhancements.
Run the SYSPRO Installer Application on the SYSPRO application server.
Once connected to the SYSPRO Deployment Service, enter your InfoZone login credentials. If you aren't listed as a customer (i.e. you're a Partner or Super-user) then you'll need to indicate the customer code on whose behalf you are doing the install.
Ensure that you use the correct credentials as subsequent notifications rely on this information.
From the home screen select the SYSPRO ERP Software option.
Identify the deployment group you want to update and select the Update button.
This creates a text file (SYSPRO_Deployment_Release_Update.txt) in the SYSPRO Deployment Downloads folder, providing details about the machines belonging to the group, as well as the software installed on each of those machines.
Software updates must be applied to all machines in a group to complete the process otherwise the deployment group remains listed as Update in progress.
Select SYSPRO 8 2020 R2 as the release to update.
The update process pauses if the system detects that SAP Crystal Reports 2013 is installed, or if the version cannot be determined.
From SYSPRO 8 2020 R2, server-side reporting requires SAP Crystal Reports 2016. Therefore, when you select to proceed, you are routed to the SYSPRO Reporting Software screen from where you can first uninstall SAP Crystal Reports 2013, and then install SAP Crystal Reports 2016.
Otherwise you are returned to the Deployment Groups screen.
From the Product Updates available for Release screen, select the products you want to update for the new release, followed by the Continue option.
After accepting the license terms and conditions, a summary of all products to be installed is displayed for you to review.
You can copy previously downloaded install files to the SYSPRO Deployment Downloads folder.
Select the Begin Install button to proceed with the installation of all selected products.
Update any additional servers in your deployment group requiring update (listed as update in progress).
Log in to SYSPRO 8 as an Administrator.
A minor database update is performed to your system-wide tables and to each company-specific table.
You are now ready to start using SYSPRO 8 2020 R2.
Things to Consider
SYSPRO Reporting Services Upgrade
From SYSPRO 8 2020 R2, you'll be upgraded to use SAP Crystal Reports 2016 SP8 as the reporting technology for both server-side and client-side reporting. The upgrade is mandatory for server-side reporting and optional if you are using client-side reporting.
This means that when using server-side reporting, part of the upgrade process involves uninstalling SAP Crystal Reports 2013 from your server and installing the later SAP Crystal Reports 2016 SP8 version. You should be aware that the uninstall and install process can take a significant time because of the complexity of the Crystal Reports product (some customers have reported this taking 2 or more hours).
When using client-side reporting, your clients can remain on the existing Crystal Reports version and upgrade to SAP Crystal Reports 2016 SP8 later when required (i.e. they can continue to produce reports using the previous Crystal Reports version).
Database growth & reduced file system
SYSPRO 8 is on a journey to reduce files being persisted to the file system by migrating them to Microsoft SQL Server. This offers many benefits, such as helping simplify your backup strategy, improving performance, protecting your data and providing controlled access to third parties, where relevant.
Because of this, you will notice an increase in the size of your database once you update to SYSPRO 8 2020 R2. The increase in size will be proportional to the size of the data being migrated from the file system. Also note that the majority of the files uploaded to SQL Server are migrated to your system-wide database.
During the migration, the system will determine if your SRS Report Archive files are significant in size (over 500MB) in which case you can choose to defer the migration of these files to allow the rest of the upgrade process to complete and users to start transacting as normal.
Choosing to defer the import means that reports archived prior to SYSPRO 8 2020 R2 won't be available for viewing until they are migrated. This is performed by running the SRS Import Archive Files to SQL program (Ctrl+R > SRSPAL).
As custom reports no longer reside on the file system, you must edit/design reports by right-clicking Report Templates in SYSPRO Reporting Services and then selecting the Design Report option from the menu.
Report designers can't edit SRS reports directly through the Crystal Designer.
As custom documents no longer reside on the file system, you must use the Design option within the Maintain SRS Document Templates program.
Document designers can't edit SRS documents directly through the Crystal Designer.
Whereas previously you could browse the file system to select a file that had been manually copied, the browse now functions off the database. You can now only select an existing file that is not already in the system by first using the import function of the Add SRS Document Templates program.
From SYSPRO 8 2020 R2 the License Manager is used to select and import a provided license. The license information resides in the AdmSystemLicense table of your system-wide database in Microsoft SQL Server.
From SYSPRO 8 2020 R2 all software that requires the license will automatically locate the current license in the system wide database.
If you are using the SYSPRO Cloud ERP environment, the license import is applied automatically.
As part of the effort to decrease SYSPRO's footprint on the file system, you can enable the new Persist operator UI settings to SQL setup option (Setup Options > System Setup > System-Wide Personalization) to store all operator UI settings files in the SysSettings table of the system-wide database (usually stored in the \Base\Settings folder).
Creating a new company
If you need to create a new company after updating to SYSPRO 8 2020 R2, you must create your database prior to running the Add New Company Wizard, as the Add New Company Wizard now prompts you for the name of the database you have already configured in Microsoft SQL Server.
The following database properties should be considered as part of your database management strategy:
SQL user permissions
Initial size and growth factor
These are critical to ensuring the effective performance of your system. Ensure that the initial size and growth factor are suitable based on your initial and planned SYSPRO growth.
This must be defined as a case-sensitive or binary collation.
Database and log file locations
It is critical to ensure data integrity that you separate your database and log file locations, as per your database backup strategy.
From SYSPRO 8 2020 R2, the following programs have been changed to reflect whether the license in use is for standard SYSPRO 8 or SYSPRO Cloud ERP:
New fields have been added under the Company license section that indicate the following information if the license in use is for SYSPRO Cloud ERP:
- Subscription period
- License start date
- License expiry date
The Architecture field (located under Server environment) indicates whether the license in use is for SYSPRO Cloud ERP (with a Cloud ERP entry) or for standard SYSPRO 8.
The license options have been removed from this program as this functionality is handled by the License Manager program.
This license is now included in the system-wide license and no longer needs to be imported.
The Add New Company Wizard now uses the system-wide license instead of requiring you to import the license file when creating a new company for an existing system.
If you are creating a company for the first time, the Add New Company Wizard prompts for the license and saves it to the system-wide database.
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